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Burn Calories on Oscar Night: Wine Included!

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Typically, one doesn't think of Oscars as a night to get in shape. But tonight, we're putting down the chips and dip and challenging ourselves to a little fitness game.

Inspired by a workout developed by Bethany Lyons of Crunch in NYC, whose Oscar night workout featured in Fitness magazine this month could help you burn up to 450 calories, we thought it would be fun to create a little "Oscar exercise" of our own!

So get out your water bottles, fill them with your cocktail of choice (water, schmater), and let's start playing!

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Bethany's Workout: Every time someone thanks his or her mom you do ...
"Fast Feet"
Run in place, moving feet quickly, for 10 seconds. Then jog in place with knees high for 10 seconds. Repeat series three times.

Our Workout: Every time Ryan Seacrest gets dissed on the red carpet you...
"Die of Embarrassment"
Go to the kitchen and get a bottle of wine. Using the (unopened bottle), do 10 bicep curls on each arm. Repeat series three times, then open the bottle and pour. It will be a long night.

Bethany's Workout: Every time the camera cuts to a celebrity who's not amused by the host's joke you do ...
"Triceps Dips"
Sit on the edge of a chair with hands beside hips, with legs slightly extended and feet together on floor; slide butt off seat. Bend elbows, lowering butt toward floor; straighten arms. Do 10 reps.

Our Workout: Every time a celebrity is asked "who are you wearing" you ...
"Smile For the Cameras"
Holding your glass of wine (as if it's your very own Judith Leiber clutch), you need to do a twirl, put your hand on your hips, march 15 paces and back, smile, wave to your fans, and do it all over again three times ... or at least until your "publicist" (a.k.a. child or husband) snaps you out of it.

Bethany's Workout: Every time the orchestra cuts off a verbose speaker you do ...
"High Plank"
Get into push-up position (hands under shoulders, back straight, legs extended and abs engaged) and hold for one minute.

Our Workout: Every time "Slumdog Millionaire" wins an Oscar you ...
"Bust Some Bollywood!"
Stand up and start dancing your a** off. Let your inner freak come out and just move. (Um, we're assuming you've been "exercising" your ability to drink wine by now!)

Just in case you're really inspired to throw out your Spanx and get glam, here are some other moves:

When/If MIA performs, you ...
Lay down on your back. Lift your knees to your chest and start screaming as you do crunches. After all, she was doing the same thing only a matter of days ago.

When/If someone makes a reference to our new President in their speech, you ...
Do 15 jumping jacks and make your husband take out the friggin' trash. There's a new administration in this house too!

When/If a winner forgets to thank their spouse in their acceptance speech, you ...
Run up to your husband, throw your arms around him and tell him to seriously, go take out the trash. Seriously.

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Empxepjv June 30, 2009, 8:40 AM

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Ten Tees January 8, 2011, 5:02 PM

Nice article. Nice reading. I just have one observation to make about funny shirts.

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